Each year, members of each Breed Council propose and vote on possible changes to their breed standard. In this way breed standards continue to evolve and be refined by each generation of breeders.
In 2004, three requested changes have been approved by the CFA Board to the general section of the Persian Breed Standard:
- Add the following sentence to the end of the "GENERAL" description of the breed, just after the point allotments: "Balance and refinement are the essence of the breed, where all parts come together in a harmonious whole with neither too much nor too little consideration given to any one feature."
- Add the following to the description "HEAD": "Skull structure to be smooth and round to the touch and not unduly exaggerated from where the forehead begins at the top of the break to the back of the head as well as across the breadth between the ears."
- Add the following to the description "CHEEKS," after "full.": "Muzzle not overly pronounced, smoothing nicely into the cheeks."
A summary of the motions voted on by the CFA Executive Board of Directors at the February 2004 meeting is available at http://www.cfa.org/exhibitors/feb04-summary.html